Fiber

Makayla Holmes

Fiber and the body

Fiber is a type of carbohydrate that the body can't digest. It helps regulate the body's use of sugars, helping to keep hunger and blood sugar in check. Fiber comes in two parts, soluble and insoluble. Soluble fiber helps you feel full for a longer time, it also slows down the release of glucose into the bloodstream and reduces cholesterol levels in the blood. Insoluble fiber helps you eliminate waste.

Where can I get it?

Fiber can come from many foods including, beans, whole grains, brown rice, nuts and popcorn are all great sources of fiber. Vegetables are also great sources, the crunchier, the better. Another great source is oatmeal!

What can happen?

Too Much Fiber May Result In...

loose stools, dehydration, weight gain , bloating, etc.


Too Little Fiber May Result In....

poor blood sugar control and poor digestive health.

Acrostic

F - fiber helps food pass through

I - insoluble fiber stays in its fibrous form

B - blood sugar remains in check with help from fiber

E - essential for a healthy diet

R - risk of heart attack is 40% lower for those with a high fiber diet.

Interesting facts!!

-The digestive tract is an amazing 28 feet long. Fiber helps move waste along this large muscle.

-Whole wheat has nearly four times the fiber component of brown rice.

-American Dietetic Association recommends eating 20-35 grams of fiber per day.